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Amos K, Jones. ... EniTon.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1800.
Tim ai.woii'.s last nri'oUT.
i In tho last week's issue of his popcr
' Mayor Kennedy tries to doagojiccaitn
I tability for liis illegal acts by endeavor
' ing to prove that wo are a liar and just
as bad as the rest of tho outfit known
as tho city council, llo and two or
thrco of the couucilmen would no
doubt like to detract public attention
from thcnisolves to talk about some
thing else anything, in fact, to get a
rest; but this they will bo unable to
do whilo TiiK Scout is on deck. As
wc said, last week, it does not ad'ect
tho case cither way whether Jones is
a liar or a modern edition of George
Washington. If it is proven that wo
sanctioned tho action of tho council
in any way, we freely udmit that tho
pcoplo should kick us out with the
rest of the gang. Our actions as an
individual does not afi'oct tho action of
tho counoil aa a body or tho actions of
Mr. Kennedy as mayor. Every state
ment wo have made is true and the j
pcoplo need not take our word for itt
They can got all the information re
quired from tho records. Let auyono
investigate tho matter, bearing always
in mind that eich member of the coun
cil has taken a solemn oath to support
tho constitution and laws of the city;
lct'hitii read tho charter and laws of
tho city, which aro so plain that a
child can understand them ; let him
then read tho record of tho council
meetings as written by tho recorder,
and approved by tho council, then whon
ho lias dono that, wo would like to
ask him if ho thinks tho following
statement published by IJlakcslce. El
liott, Corbin and Johnson, at tho in
stigation of Kennedy, is not a perfectly
natural effusion, under tho circumstan
ces: "Wo tho undersigned, wero present
at council chamber on September 20,
1890, and know that Councilman
Jones was prcsont beforo tho vote was
decided for tho improvement of Main
street, and was asked by tho mayor
and ono councilman, J. H. Corbin, to
voto on tho proposition. Tho motion
was read to him, and ho said ho pre
ferred tho mayor to ricoido it, or words
to Mint oiiw
Wo absolutely (tony tho truth of tho
above statement with tho oxcoption of
tho part whero itstates that tho motion
was read again aftor wo went in. Coun
cilman Wilson was tho introducer of
the motion and ho did read it, or a
portion of it, in our hoaring. Wo aro
inclined to boliuvoonly a portion of it,
for, aftor tho council adjourned, Wil
.eon having loft, tho matter was further
discussed and ovory councilman pres
ent freely stated that ho bolioved it
wrong to pass such a measure. This
Bcomod to rilo Mayor Konnedy and ho
asked Corbin and Elliott why thoy did
not voto on it, then. That was tho
first intimation wo had that Corbin
and Elliott had not voted. A further
' discussion Hum aroso concerning tho
motion and ovory councilman assorted
that thoy did not hear tho last clause
of tho motion, whoro it provided that
tho sidewalk shall bo mndo at tho
oxponso of tho city. Mayor Konnedy
ndmUtml that ho m iiwi, himself.
"caught on" lo that part of it. This
is truo, but thoy will all, probably, de
ny it. Whether Wilson road all tho
motion or left out part of it wo do not
know and do not oaro. Wo regarded
tho whole thing as an illegal farco
with which wo wanted nothing to do.
Wo woro not nbked to voto by any ono
and no intimation was given us that
wo would bo allowed to voto.
At tho next meeting of tho counoil,
u week or so later, anil aftor tho eriti
oisinii made by Tin: Scout, tho record
of tho previous mooting was read for
approval, anil contained tho following
minute, evidently carefully prepared
for tho occasion :
"After a discission of tho same
' (Btrcot improvement) a voto was taken
and resulted in a tio voto, ono coun
cilman voting for and ono against tho
said m )tion. Thereupon a general dis
cussion was had, when Councilman
Jones appeared. Tho motion was
again road and tho mayor asked tho
iioti'voting I'otiucilmon, Jones, Corbin
and lilliott to cast their votes, and no
more votes being cast tho mayor oast
Ids voto in favor of tho motion."
We woro not present at this meeting,
but Councilman Pursol was, and ho
informs us that ho protested against
tho injusticool approving such a stato
4 Turnout, a ho did not think it described
"', tho proceedings at all. It is needless
to state, howover, that tho record stands
as written, and no mention is inado in
tlio minutes of Pursol's protest.
Mayor Kennedy in his nowspapor,
A week later sayB ;
"Councilman Jones refused lo voto,
although earnestly requeued to do o
by tho mayor una viemuers oi ino uouu
What can tho public think of these
statements? At ono time Mayor Ken
nedy says that ho asked Jones, Corbin
and Elliott to vote. At another time
ho says that ho and tho councilmcn
(presumably all of them) urged Jones
to vote At another time ho says that
ho and one councilman Corbin
asked Jones to vole. Will anybody be-1
liovo his statements? Will anybody
believe tho stalomont of the creature
Corbin whon he allows Kennedy
to put the statement in his mouth
that ho (Corbin) asked us to voto? Is
it reasonable lo supposo that Corbin,
whilo all tho time rofusing to vote
himself, was urging Jones to vote?
And, yet, he has allowed Kennedy to
make him say that ho did. When wc
asked Corbin about the matter tho
other day on tho street, tho nearest wo
could get him to saying that ho asked
us to vote was that ho "suggested that
a now voto bo taken." Tho other men
who were induced to sign that state
ment can reconcile the matter with
thoir own consciences. It is easy to
traduce a man's character, and there
are many who despise themselves, af
terward, for doing to.
Councilman Pureel, who has taken
an upright course in tho matter, all
tho way through, and was prcf-cnt at
all tho meetings, and aho Street Com
missioner Picklin, who was present,
make the following statement:
We, tho undersigned, wero present
at tho council meeting on Sept. 20,
1S0O, when tho question of improving
Main street was being acted upon and
know Unit Councilman Jones came in
idler tho voto of tho Couucilmen was
cast, but before tho Mayor decided it.
we were paying attention to the proceed
ings and if tho mayor or any of tho
couucilmen iihked Mr. Jones to voto
wo did not hear them.
S. A. Pl'Uhhm,, Councilman.
N. F. Kjckmn, St. com'r.
After reading tho above wo aro will
ing for tho pcoplo to form their own
conclusions as to who has lied, although
it is (piito probablo that tho people
don't caro anything about it. What
thoy want to know is how tho council
is managing tho municipal busi
ness and spending tho funds of tho
city. This brings us back to our orig
inal nrraignnicnt of tho council.
Hero it is:
Fiitsr That tho mayor issued a call
for a special meeting, at which impor
tant business was transacted, without
stating tho object of tho meeting in
Second That two couucilmen, Cor
bin and Elliott, refused to voto on a
question of vital importance to tho tax
payers. TimtD That the mayor decided a
ballot whon but two councilmcn had
voted and livo councilmon woro pre
sent. EouitTil That oxponsivo strcot im
provements that should bo mado at
tho oxponso of tho property ownors ad
jacent woro ordered mado at tho ox
ponso of tho city, contrary to law and
Whon Mayor Konnedy and thoso
councilmon can explain this satisfactor
ily to tho taxpayers, it will bo timo
enough for them to attompt to impeach
our voracity. Business boforo pleas
ure. Tnuiti: aro many curious annalogies
between eomo men and tho business
tbov aro onenced in, but nono more so
than a "family paper" conducted by a
lank, lean, contracted snpolmon oi
humanity whoso dwarfed mind novor
realized tho grandeur of unbiased and
fieo investigation ; whoso selfish heart
never vibrated to a generous Hcntiinont
or foil the pleasiuo there is in liealiiig
an opponent with fairness: whoso di
minutive soul, to small it would rattle
on tho inside of n mustard seed, never
oxDorieiiood a divine Impulse or folt a
desire to riso above its sordid littloness.
A "family papor" conducted by a
man whoso nature prompts him to be
lieve that hypocricy is tho host policy,
and that thrift must follow fawning,
may bo tolerated for a time, but tho
thing who runs it will toon discover
that ho is not in his proper kennel.
Tin: Portland Chambor of Com
merce leeently passed tho following :
"llosolvcd, That this Chamber of Com
merce request from tho legislature that
thoy appropriate $250,000 for tho pur
pose of proporly showing tho varied in
terests and resources of this State at tho
World's Columbian Exposition, and
that tho Oregon State Hoard of Trade
bo requested to loud thoir inlluonco to
accomplish this object, and to request
the governor or legislature to appoint
a State commission to co-oporato with
the United Stales commission for Ore
gon, whoioduty it shall bo to guthor,
mount niul have pUood on exhibition
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thisStalo for the world's fair, with pow
r to disbuifec Ui' lumU prowded for
FEATURES OF A NEW TAX LAW.
Proposition Acreed Upon by the Senatorial
Committee in Session at Salem.
Tho senatorial committee appointed
at the last session of tho state legisla
ture to devise ways and means for
remedying the evils and imperfections
of present assessments and tax laws,
aro slill wrestling with the many per
plexities this difficult question presents.
Tho committee consists of Senators
Kalcy, Tongue. Wait, Hilton and Cogs
well, and they have been in session at
Salem since Monday morning, October
1.1th nearly two weeks. They have
labored assiduously, working from 8
o'clock in tho morning often till 11
o'clock at night, and, if they succeed
in adjusting tho taxation problem to
tho satisfaction of the mnjority of Ore
gon's citizens, thoy aro entitled to a
great deal of credit.
Just what tho committee has accom
plished is not known, but rumor has it
that they havo decided upon a number
of well-grounded propositions which, if
adopted by tho State legislature, will
not only simplify assessments, but cen
tralize authority and strengthen the
law as well.
Eirst, it is decided that all assessments
shall bo mado as if made on the 1st of
April of each year. An assessor, when
dissatisfied with tho list furnished him,
shall bo authorized to examine tho tax
payer on tho roll. County courts shall
bo mado boards of equalization, and as
sessors shall bo required to attend meet
ings when matters concerning taxation
aro under consideration. If any person
fails to list his property, or to answer
the questions propounded to him by
tho assessor, tho assessor shall bo au
thorized to double his taxable property,
and tho board of equalization shall
havo no right to make any deductions
therefrom. Tho board of equalization
shall not reduce any assessments, un
less tho applicant or his duly author
ized agent appears beforo thorn, and is
examined under oath as to tho amount
and value of tho property ho possesses,
or represents as agent.
Tho conunitteoalso contemplates tho
creation of a State board of equalization,
composed of ono niombor from each
judicial district in tho State. This
board shall have authority to equalize
aEsossmcnt8 between counties on differ
ent kinds of property, but cannot
cqualizo individual assessments.
Upon tho foregoing propositions the
members of tho committee aro agreed.
There seems to bo sonic difference, oi
opinion, howover, regarding tho advisa
bility of repealing the mortgage tax law
and not allowing deductions for indebt
edness. Tho majority of the committee,
it is understood, aro in favor of both
theso measures, but whether or not tho
minority can bo won over is for tho
future to decide.
Tho members of tho Stato board of
equalization aro to bo elected in tho
same manner as circuit judges, each to
hold oflico four years. The committee
is still in session and will probably
finish thoir labors for tho present, to
morrow night and then meet again
sometime before tho convening of tho
The coinmitteo was instructed to
mako a report embodying such sug
gestions as might bo deemed advisable
for eradicating existing evils of taxa
tion. This roport will be in tho na
ture of a bill which will bo submitted
to tho houso for adoption.
Mr. George C. Scars, assessor of Mult
nomah county, mot with tho committee
Wednesday night by invitation and
from what ho saw of tho report thinks
they aro preparing a very meritorious
bill, and one which, if adopted by tho
legislature, will meet tho issue of a
Tho question of precinct assessors,
which was a stumbling block for somo
time, has been practically decided, and
no suoh offices will exist under tho pro
This feature of tho bill meets Mr.
Soars' approbation, for ho boliovcs it is
much better to havo ono officor for
each district and havo him licld re
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